Candy Cane Kiss Sugar Cookie Bars

My friend Janessa stopped by a few days ago with a whole platter of Christmas treats. If you want to make me happy, that is definitely the way. Making treats for my own neighbors and friends is a tradition I do every year. I’ve found that the sugar cookies are always popular and always the first to go.

As much as I love sugar cookies but I hate rolling those suckers out. These Hershey’s Candy Cane Kiss Cookie Bars have little specks of white chocolate and peppermint candy cane kisses throughout and are topped with a cream cheese frosting.

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Once again all of my friends have stepped up their game with some gorgeous treats. We have treats using Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups which are two of my absolute favorites.

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I’m sure finding a helper to unwrap all of those kisses won’t be a problem.
Candy Cane Kisses Bars | The Girl Who Ate Everything

Candy Cane Kiss Sugar Cookie Bars

Ingredients

    Bars:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped Hershey's candy cane kisses, about 45 kisses
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • (optional) finely chopped Hershey's candy cane kisses

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray it with cooking spray.
  2. For the bars: In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Gently fold in the chopped Hershey kisses.
  7. Press dough into the baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges begin to have a touch of golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let the bars cool in the pan.
  9. For the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy. The mixture may seem dry at first but will become creamy after being beat for a while. Add a tablespoon of milk at a time until the frosting reaches the consistency you desire. Frost cooled bars. Sprinkle with additional chopped candy cane kisses.

Notes

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  1. These look so yummy and delicious! Sweet treats are definitely the way to my heart.

  2. These are so cute and festive!!! LOVE.

  3. Could you please link your friends’ recipes to this page as well? They all look so yummy

  4. How fun! My son loves helping unwrap Kisses for recipes!

  5. What a lovely and festive treat! I would have a hard time having just one ;)

  6. These look amazing! One thing I love about baking this time of year is the festive mood it puts you in, who doesn’t love baking (or receiving ) Christmas treats?!

  7. These look so fun and festive! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. So fun and festive! Great way to enjoy sugar cookies without going through all the work of rolling them out!

  9. Some days I just don’t want to roll out the sugar cookies…this looks like the way to go for sure! I love all the candy cane kisses in these! They look amazing!

  10. These are so fun and festive! I love the peppermint kisses too, yum! And I’m definitely in for a bar over rolling out all the cookies :)

  11. Lovely! The peppermint kisses are my favorite!

  12. I am eager to try these. Do you think they would freeze ok (minus the frosting)? I would like to get some baking done ahead of time. Thanks!

  13. I also love sugar cookies but hate rolling them out! Will have to try this asap!

  14. Look yummy, will be making tonight. Do they need to be put in fridge with cream cheese frosting, or are they ok at room temp?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I stored mine at room temperature. I’ve heard that if there’s sugar in the frosting it acts as a preserver and can be left at room temp.

  15. I made the Candy Cane Kiss Sugar Cookie Bars and they were delicious! Everyone really liked them.

  16. I made these for a Christmas gathering and they were awesome, they were so addicting and I loved them with coffee the next morning.

  17. hi, I’d love to make these more than just at Christmas. any ideas for a substitute for the candy cane kisses? thanks!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      You can leave it out and just frost them. Or you could use any kind of chip, maybe white chocolate chips?